The beginning of the year is always a time where people are motivated and make resolutions to make healthier choices and improve their life quality.
If you not only want to reach fitness goals, but switch your lifestyle to be healthier, here are a few tips to get you started:
1) Start with small steps.
If you weren’t already living a healthy, active lifestyle beforehand, start by incorporating small changes first. You shouldn’t expect to do an extreme workout right away. Don’t overexert yourself and leave room for recovery. With progress, increase your reps, weights, etc. every week. If you are going out to eat, choose healthier alternatives and cut out the fast food.
I started by only doing 2-3 workouts per week, drinking more water and throwing out junk food.
2) Be disciplined.
You may get cravings, but you’ll be surprised to find many healthier alternatives to foods that you crave. Instead of having a “cheat meal”, eat as healthy as you can all the time, but don’t limit yourself and have a treat every now and then.
There are times where I will eat a meal that is not so healthy, but I just continue to eat healthy after that and not have a mentality of “starting over next week”. To fulfill my cravings because I have a big sweet tooth, I found chocolate, ice cream, cookies, etc. alternatives that are low in sugar and high in protein, but don’t make me feel bad about myself! A total win for a healthy lifestyle. 😉
3) Have a workout partner.
Find a friend who is also starting their healthy lifestyle, fitness journey and be each other’s workout partner and motivators. You’ll keep each other in check and reach fitness goals together.
To hold each other accountable (and to keep our Snapchat streak), my friends and I would snap each meal we ate and everytime we worked out.
4) Find fun workouts.
There are people who are not a fan of going to the gym and doing traditional exercise. If you are one of those people, try to find a workout that doesn’t feel like a workout. You can try hiking, dancing, fitness classes, playing sports, etc. If you make your workout something you like to do, you are more motivated to do it.
As for myself, I enjoy sprinting — it’s fun for me and it’s a quick workout that has a lot of health benefits.
5) Do your best.
You are doing this for yourself and the only person standing in your way of your goals is yourself. It’s okay to skip a workout and have an unhealthy meal every now and then, but continue to work hard and stay consistent!
I, myself, have made excuses, but I am now working on living a healthier lifestyle and setting goals to reach!
“It’s not about being the best. It’s about being better than you were yesterday.”
It’s not a race, it’s a journey. Good luck reaching your fitness goals! We know you can do it!